Don’t Judge…

How often have we been told not to judge a book by its cover? In general, I abide by this - in life, and when it comes to actual books. As a reader, I'm more likely to be drawn in by a powerful synopsis than by a cover. But, undeniably, a gorgeous cover is super... Continue Reading →

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Favorite Tropes

Writers are often advised to avoid certain tropes in their writing, but let's face it... some tropes/cliches are unavoidable. And some are irresistible! Tropes and cliches can be bad, don't get me wrong.  They are dreaded and spurned for a reason. They can break a story and turn a reader away from a book or... Continue Reading →

The Things We Connect With

When you read a book, what are the things you connect with? Are there certain factors that stand out to you more than others? I read mostly YA, but I don't shy away from any particular genre, and do stray into adult literature on occasion. For me, there are a couple of elements that leap... Continue Reading →

Five Life-Changing Reads

Every avid reader has a favorite book or two... or seventy-six. But some of those notable or obscure titles can be life-changing. So, here's a list of some of the books that have changed my life - not only as a reader, but as a person! 1.) Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie - Most folks... Continue Reading →

Favorite Books and Films 2018 Edition!

Favorite books (in no particular order!) 1.) Nine Coaches Waiting - Mary Stewart I cannot believe I knew nothing about Mary Stewart until this year. Set in the late 1950's, this particular tale is about a sharp young governess named Linda who must protect the life of her charge Philippe, and how she becomes entangled... Continue Reading →

Autumn

All seasons have their own unique appeal and their own exclusive perks. My favorite season used to be winter.... until I learned how to drive. After several horrifying and near life-ending experiences navigating snowstorms in my old Subaru and my current Nissan, I no longer hold such favorable opinions of winter. Winter is also mega-depressing,... Continue Reading →

DNF

As an avid reader, I try my hardest to adhere to the policy that if I start a book, I must finish it. I am far more strict when it comes to films - especially if I am seeing them in theaters - but still have similar standards for books. I don't like leaving unfinished... Continue Reading →

Let us go then, you and I…

Though my favorite poet is Walt Whitman, and I own a well-loved edition of Leaves of Grass, he did not pen my favorite poem. That distinction belongs to "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," written by T.S. Eliot and published in 1915. I'm also a big fan of Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats,... Continue Reading →

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